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Erin Lee Creative Blog Hop

Hello, my friends!  I am so happy to be included in a blog hop for a very exciting new stamp company: Erin Lee Creative.  Her stamps, stencils and dies are going to knock your socks off!  You may have arrived here from the incredible Laura Bassen's blog (I am pinching myself just saying that).  Please leave comments on the blogs along the hop, because three winners will be chosen from the comments to receive a free stamp set!  (Please comment by December 5, 2018.  Winners will be announced on the Erin Lee Creative blog.)  After me, please go see what my new friend, Michelle McDaniel, has up her sleeve.  Just look at this list of women I'm rubbing shoulders with today:

Erin Lee Creative
Janette Kausen
Jodi Collins
Amy Kolling
Laura Bassen
Cheryl Knutti (That's me!)
Michelle McDaniel

On to the projects:

I got to meet Erin at a stamp retreat a few months ago, and she kindly let me play with her new stamps.  I immediately fell in love with this elephant from the Incredible India set …
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Lil' Inker Designs Mini Release Blog Hop

Hello, friends!  So glad you're here, hopping with us.  (Go here to see the full blog hop order.)  I am excited to show you this brand new stamp from Lil' Inker Designs, which is part of their May Mini Release.  Leave comments on any of the blogs in this hop to enter to win one of the new stamp sets, the new cover plate, or the angel pets goodies!  Details on the Lil' Inker Designs Blog.

This stamp is called Never Regret Being Kind. (Keep hopping, and you'll see more!)

One of the things I love most about this hobby is that it is inherently kind.  So what could be better than a stamp that encourages even more kindness?  Such a great sentiment!

This stamp is easy to use as the focal point of a easy, in fact, that I made 4 right out of the gate!  Each one uses a different technique--this stamp is so versatile.

For my first, I heat embossed the sentiment in white on steel grey cardstock.  I then colored over the embossing with my Copics for a multicolored effect…

Fresh Cut Poppies

I love poppies.  Every time I see a poppy stamp set, I am drawn to it.  I've had my eye on this set from The Ton for a while, and I was lucky enough to borrow it from a friend.  It is really easy to line up the layers, and I love the realistic look.
The sentiment is from Right At Home, and I happen to really love the quote and its author

He really did.  I'm so glad.

Birthday Card for My Sister

I made this birthday card for my sister, and I love how it turned out.  This large stamp is from Concord & 9th, called Hello, Lovely.  I colored it with Altenew's new markers, then added touches of a gold Wink of Stella marker.  I didn't want the sentiment to compete with the image, so I embossed it in gold on vellum.  Beautiful stamp!

More Background Fun

Here's another background I played with on my crafty retreat--SSS Flora.  
The first is heat embossed, then painted with Zigs, with a PTI die and a sentiment strip.
For this one, I heat embossed, then I used one color of Distress Ink (Blueprint Sketch) for a gradient effect.  Avery Elle die.

So fun to play!

Flower Burst

I just discovered a cover plate I couldn't live without.  A friend of mine had this Flower Burst Trio die, and I had to use it.  It's so easy, but it packs a punch.  I layered it over some MFT Berrylicious and Steel Grey cardstocks, then finished it up with a sentiment strip (PTI) and some sequins.  I love easy cards!

Playing with backgrounds

Crafty retreats are the best!  I recently stayed with some really lovely women for a few days, and we crafted, ate, laughed and laughed some more.  One of the perks of crafting with friends is sharing their stuff.  I borrowed this Simon Says Stamp Elizabeth background stamp and had fun with different techniques.

First up is heat embossing in white on Bristol Smooth cardstock, then coloring with Zig Clean Color Markers.

 Here's a closeup:

 Next is the same layout, but with Distress Ink blending.

 Then we have heat embossing in white, then Copic coloring over the top.  I usually don't go this bold, but I thought I'd try it out.

Last is basic heat embossing in silver, with a sentiment strip.

Enjoy your day, everyone!